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Pump Up the Volume

First a swingin’ Laker Girl. Then a hot choreographer--for everyone from Janet Jackson to George Michael to Eddie Murphy (for his new film, “Coming to America.”) What will Paula Abdul do next? How ‘bout try her hand at pop stardom. Abdul’s vocal talents will be on display June 15, when her debut album, “Forever Your Girl,” hits the stores. The first single, “Knocked Out,” is starting its climb up the charts, with other album cuts including “Straight Up,” “One of the Other” and “Opposites Attract.” . . . Robbie Robertson and film director Martin Scorsese, who worked together on the Band’s “Last Waltz” movie and a recent Robertson video, will be reunited this August in New York when the duo film a series of performances for the Cinemax Sessions’ “A Session With Robbie Robertson.” Due to air on Cinemax later this fall, the show will feature Robertson playing with U-2, Peter Gabriel, Keith Richards and several other celeb guests--who’ll be worked into a concept piece revolving around images of a child growing up on rock ‘n roll. . . . Don Johnson has begun work on a follow-up to his “Heartbeat” album--but no one’s guaranteeing any duet action with his current paramour, La Streisand. Expect something more subtle--perhaps a Streisand background vocal stint. . . . And this week’s Pop Odd Couple Award goes to Terence Trent D’Arby and (!) Brian Wilson. Wilson saw one of D’Arby’s recent shows here and was so impressed that he invited D’Arby (a major “Pet Sounds” fan) to sing guest vocals on “Walkin’ the Line,” a new song due out on Wilson’s upcoming solo album.


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